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Jamie Thorbjornsen, LMHC

My Philosophy: I believe that as a therapist it’s super important for us to understand who we are, not only as therapists but as people. This includes our own thoughts and emotions that we experience each day. One of the most difficult and vulnerable parts of therapy is to better understand ourselves so we can be the best we can.

What Sessions With Jamie Look Like: During my initial sessions with clients, I believe that building strong working relationships is vital to this treatment. If we are unable connect with one another than it can be difficult to work through the behaviors that they are living with on a day-to-day basis. Honesty is also important for clients, but I also hold myself accountable to be as transparent as I can be with my clients. DBT treatment has been effective in ways where I can hold myself accountable as well as help my clients achieve a life that’s worth living.

More about me: Growing up I was constantly told I was an emotional and sensitive person, which up until recently I held the belief that this was a “bad thing” and needed to quiet my emotions for the benefit of others. This was extremely hard growing up being a sensitive person, ultimately leading to other problems later in life with my relationships and my own ability to regulate my emotions. When I went away to college this was something that became more apparent as my main source of support were not in the rooms next door. Unfortunately, this was not when I sought out therapy for myself. It took me another two years and a rejection letter from my school’s nursing program that I was hoping to get into before I realized that I could no longer continue to suffer and began seeing a therapist. After learning this was something that was actually really helpful I realized that so many others can benefit from therapy. I then decided to pursue my own journey to become a Mental Health Counselor once I completed my bachelor’s degree.

During my graduate studies I fell more and more in love with counseling and the profession I would begin. It brought me back to when I was growing up and how a younger version of me would have benefited from counseling services. I threw myself into my work and made a promise to the version of me who needed it most that we were going to make a difference in someone’s life. When I was introduced to DBT during this time I honestly wasn’t a fan and if you told me that this is where I would end up, I would have said you were lying. When I was in my internship and soon to be first job after graduation, I would do my own research on CBT and behavioral therapy which inevitably led me to an interest in DBT as a career. I have been granted such a wonderful opportunity at Suffolk DBT and cannot wait to see how much I can grow here.

Specialties

  • DBT Trained
  • DBT for Adolescents focused
  • CAMS Assessment Trained
  • DBT-C Trained

Certifications

  • DBT Foundational Training with Behavior Tech (2023)
  • DBT Skills for Adolescents and Families (2023)
  • CAMS Certification (2023)

Education

  • Graduate School, Location – Degree and concentration, graduation date
    Long Island University Post, Brookville, NY- Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2020)
  • Undergrad, Location – Degree and concentration, graduation date
    SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport NY- Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2018)

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